Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Author Robert DeBurgh's two great books are available on Amazon.com, Riders of the Wind and Winds of Fate

I am excited to WOW this Wednesday with the multi-talented Robert DeBurgh. He is a pilot and an extraordinary author of books about a pilot and his adventures. They are really love stories about marriage and flying. I had the pleasure to read them both and fell in love with each book seperately and with his two main characters Charles and Doretta.


Riders of the Wind is an epic novel of adventure and romance set in the scene of aviation during the turbulent times of the nineteen twenties and thirties. The book follows the lives of Charles and Doretta Cross through the era of the great depression, prohibition, the airmail, and the formation of the infant airlines. It graphically portrays the danger, excitement and romance of flight in the pioneering years before World War Two and takes the reader into the cockpit with the airmail pilots of the twenties and the airline route survey pilots flying the heart of the Amazon jungles. A “must read” for anyone interested in aviation or, for that matter, anyone who is merely interested in the history, dress and lifestyle of the pre-WWII era.

My Review 
This story opens up with such a moving scene having to do with a young man's drive to fly an airplane. Already I can feel the passion the characters in this book and author has for the love of flying. Immediately the reader is being pulled into that passion with a one thrilling sensation after another.

"Riders of the Wind is a engaging story with a ton of adventure and just the right amount of romance. This book centers around airplane technology but there is so much more and I found this book to be written with heart and great sensitivity. I really got to know and fall for the characters. The feel of the times was clearly laid out by the author in vivid detail. It reminded me of some of the old time movies I used to watch with my dad when I was young. I could see the scenery all around me while I was reading. It was a great history lesson but at the same time an endearing love story.

"With the words still unspoken they walked arm and arm back to the hotel. Charlie was about to leave Doretta at the door of her room when she suddenly threw her arms about his neck and reached her soft red lips to touch his. Charlie's arms went around her waist and the kiss turned into a long, lingering embrace that shook both of them to their very souls. He felt the warm softness of her body the entire length of his and it seemed as if a wild hot wind was blowing through him."



Winds of Fate takes place during World War II, but you cannot call it a war story. It is the story of Charlie Cross and his wife Doretta, both civilians but ultimately tied to the military, Charlie as a Service Pilot with Air Transport Command and Doretta as an instructor with the Women Airforce Service Pilots. 

Charlie flies the Hump from India to China, one of the most dangerous operations in World War II. 

According to the author, “The Hump gobbled men and airplanes like a child would eat Christmas candy. This operation is little known and little publicized yet these men managed to bring into China all the supplies that were needed to continue the war against the Japanese. The lessons learned became the basis for the Berlin Airlift and modern day military transport.” 

Doretta serves as a WASP, operating against male prejudice, difficult flying conditions and sometimes flying dangerous aircraft. The ladies who took on the duties of a WASP did an amazing job of flying military airplanes and doing many jobs male pilots did not want to do here in the US. 

Winds of Fate is a fast paced well-written novel that everyone will enjoy reading. You do not need to be a fan of aviation or World War II stories to appreciate this book. The reader will be entranced by the action, brought to tears when someone is lost and filled with happiness when true love is found. Anyone who loves a great story will find it difficult to put this book down once you get started. 

My Review

I found myself anxious to move onto book two in the series. I wanted to know what would become of Charlie and Doretta. The story of their relationship intrigued me and I couldn't wait to find out the map of their lives.

These books are easy to get into and I became absorbed right away. It is about so much more than airplanes. The historical moments alone make this book a worthwhile read while the inner story adds to the entertainment value. I could see these stories on the big scene. I hope the author has considered a screenplay in the not so distant future. His use of language, scene development and dialog are pure perfection.

This story is filled with adventure, drama, intrigue, mystique, and of love, lost and found. I was touched by the ability of a man to be able to share so much gut wrenching true emotion. By the end it had me thinking about so many things even about my own life but also inspired me.

"Night had fallen and the temperature had dropped severely so that the outside air at their altitude was below zero with little moisture content. The night was black dark with no moon and just a peppering of ground lights below them and the stars appeared as diamonds set against a background of black velvet."

Author bio 

Robert DeBurgh learned to fly at the age of fifteen and has over twenty thousand hours of flight time. He has been a flight instructor, cargo pilot, mail pilot, bush pilot, mercenary fighter pilot and has served as captain for three airlines. 
As a professional pilot, DeBurgh has flown in the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. He has served as captain for three overseas airlines and for seventeen years served his country in the capacity of a pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement. 
As an author, he has written aviation articles and stories for various publications and has written many science fiction and fantasy short stories, was a columnist for two newspapers and associate editor for “American Roadracing Magazine.” 
At the present time he writes articles for “Indian Aviation Magazine” and several US magazines and is the author of the widely acclaimed novels, Riders of the Wind and Winds of Fate. In each of these novels DeBurgh has woven a tale of high adventure set against an accurate background of actual historical events.
His new novel, The Winds of Kunlun Shan, due to be released in the autumn of 2014, is the third book in the Riders of the Wind series.


Book links

Riders of the Wind

Winds of Fate 

Monday, February 24, 2014

S.A. Molteni's new book, "A Special Bull" is FREE on Amazon.com Now through 2/28

I am excited to share some really sweet moving short stories with you today by author S.A. Molteni. Her stories are written with heart and with a special tenderness that many people can surely relate to. Her new book "A Special Bull" has just been released on Amazon.com and this book is free through Friday, Februrary 28th. Please grab an ebook at no cost while you can. :-)
All Alyssa wanted was to move to the country and help Jeff with raising farm animals on his small plot of land. Little did she know that this one desire would lead to an entirely "different" kind of life for her and for one special bull.

My Review

A Special Bull is a down to earth short story. I love how natural this author writes about everyday events. She takes you right in and brings you with her. There is just something so fresh and uncomplicated in the writing. Kind of like a breath of fresh air. This is a slice of life from middle America. An everyday story that is not at all ordinary I realized as I dove further into the narrative. A Special Bull is written with passion and love. Not everything as it seems and this story becomes a bit of a fantasy with an interesting twist.

“As Alyssa dozed off to sleep, she entered a world she mostly kept to herself. Her dreams were a constant reminder of the life she left behind and the years of craziness she had escaped from just a few short months ago.
Falling into a deeper sleep, her subconscious felt that something was different, not the same visions of all the bad choices she had made in the past. No, this dream was not like the others.”
Fade to Gray is a hilarious account of one woman's attempt to transition to gray as easily and as quickly as possible.

My Review

Fade to Gray is an adorable story that had me chuckling to myself. It was all told as if in living color. Not just gray! The writing is down to earth and inviting. I really enjoyed this sweet little escape from my own "age" issues. There is a great message that I was delighted to read. It's funny, real and emotional at the same time. The vulnerability was realistic, relatable and touching. I applaud the author for writing this for us all to enjoy.

Fear of the unknown and fear of getting and looking old exists and should be talked about more.

"Like Edwards Scissorhands attacking a topiary tree, Laura proceeded to trim and style my hair with a speed that scared me. When she was done, I saw my new self in the mirror for the first time. As Laura stood in silence, I sat in utter disbelief at the results of this four-hour experiment and took a few minutes to take it all in.”
Her Name was Half Calf is a non-fiction short story about the life and death of a pet cow.

My Review

Her Name was Half Calf is a gripping short story filled with humanity.

This emotional tale about a cow, Half Calf touched me. This is a heartfelt story that is filled with passion and heart wrenching devotion. The real life emotion fills your senses every step of the way. The writing is clear, to the point and the emotions shared are realistic and relatable. What a sweet moving slice of life!

"We tried several more times to get her to her feet. On the last attempt, she screamed the most haunting, blood-curdling moo that we had ever heard come from a cow. It was her way of saying, "Stop. I am done. No more."
Bio

S.A. Molteni is currently a systems engineer in the banking industry. In her free time, she is a hobby farmer and writer. She lives on a small homestead with her husband of 15 years and a menagerie of farm animals.
S.A. Molteni can be found on the following social media sites:


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Karen Magill shares her personal story, On The Right Side: My Story of Survival and Success


What if you woke one day to find yourself paralysed on one side of your body?

That’s what happened to Karen Magill on June 5, 2000. Nine days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and just over three months after that, she had to leave the best job she had ever had. Ms. Magill started on a frightening, confusing journey that was her life now.

Then something interesting happened. Once Karen began adjusting to her new circumstances, coming to terms with the fact that her former life had vanished, she realized that the MS was a gift. Her eyes opened to the possibilities around her. 

On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success looks at Ms. Magill’s life with MS and the factors in life, which influence her.  This isn’t a how to book on living well with chronic illness, but rather a touching, opinionated, sometimes humorous story on how one person has gone from partial paralysis to jumping to touch low hanging tree leaves. 


As long as we aren’t six feet under, we are on the right side and anything is possible. That’s the philosophy Ms. Magill lives by and hopes that readers will come to realize that they too can overcome hardships and live good lives. 

1. Why did you write On the Right Side?
Ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I have wanted to share my story with others. I hope that what I went through and the mistakes I made will help others to realize what is happening if something similar happens to them. And I am a big believer in realizing people are stronger than we think. We can get survive and even succeed when life knocks us down.
 2. Was it hard for you to share such a personal life story?
I consulted a diary or two that I kept at that time in order to refresh memory. I found at times that I had to walk away from the computer because writing the events brought forth some powerful emotions I had tamped down over the years. I kept the story as honest as possible; people are going to see my warts.
 3. Has it benefited you? 
Writing this book helped me to come to terms with events that had bothered me for years. It was also cathartic, I was able to let go of things in the past that were holding me back. 
4. Who do you think this book will touch. 
I feel On The Right Side will not only touch those who are dealing with chronic illness and it can be difficult. Also, it will open people’s eyes that may have 
5. What do you hope from sharing this kind of personal journey. 
I hope that sharing this story will help others to realize that they don’t have to let illness or other obstacles stop them from doing what they want.


AUTHOR BIO
Karen Magill believes that anything is possible. When she writes fiction, Karen likes to treat the paranormal as an everyday occurrence because she believes that these attributes are within us all.
Forced to leave the workforce in 2000 by the onslaught of MS, Karen saw this as an opportunity to explore her lifelong desire to write. Initially she explored other areas of writing before deciding that her future lay with creating novels.
To date, Ms. Magill is the author of three published paranormal novels, including the award winning The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story. In March of 2014, she will publish her first non-fiction  book, an inspirational story of her journey – so far – with multiple sclerosis. It is entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success. Her fourth paranormal novel, A Little Poison – the sequel to Missing Flowers – should be out sometime in 2014.

Karen lives in an eclectic area of Vancouver Canada and draws inspiration from the history and stories around her. 
Links
Twitter: @KarenMagill

Friday, February 21, 2014

Please join Annie Mouse celebrate the release of her new book: Annie Mouse's Route 66 Family Vacation! Saturday, March 15, From 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT





Join Annie Mouse as she shares the adventures of her family's first family vacation- a Route 66 road trip! Annie keeps a journal as the family travels Route 66 westward from Illinois to California, visiting relatives, landmarks and attractions. The Mouse Family grows closer as a family while they gain first-hand knowledge of the United States. 
This chapter book, intended for school-aged children, can be enjoyed in conjunction with Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Adventure: A Photo Journal (2011). The reader can view the actual photographs of the various places the Mouse Family visits, while enjoying the story in this volume. 

My review
I loved everything about this story. The visuals are great and the writing is not only smooth and natural but written with heart throughout. There are so many lessons taught without it coming across preachy or boring. I found this story to be touching and at the same time entertaining. Even as an adult I found myself enjoying the adventure and often couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud. 

Annie Mouse is endearing and heart warming. I wish I had a child to share this tale with. I do a ton of reading but few as fun or entertaining as this. In a way this story seemed old fashion with such beautiful wholesome family values. Something we seem to be missing these days. There is just so much to be appreciated in this one book. So much more than the simple love of travel and adventure but I have to say I learned things that I have never been taught before. More than anything, even history, this book teaches and reminds us to be grateful for what we have, here and now.


This is the kind of book that you would want to savor slowly with your children so they can appreciate the spectacular scenery and the education that comes with such an expansive road trip.

Bio

Anne Maro Slanina, Ph.D. is an educator and mother of two adult sons, who have blessed her with three grandchildren. She has been a kindergarten teacher, K-12 Reading Teacher and Gifted Education specialist. She currently writes books for children, ages 3-10. She is an early childhood expert and dedicates her life to preparing others to become teachers as a tenured faculty member at an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania. She specializes in literacy and social-emotional issues (bibliotherapy). The books are written from the perspective of young children, drawing on her personal experiences as a mother, educator, and Route 66 traveler. She encourages parents and teachers to read books WITH children to gain insight into how children think and feel, help them build empathy, and guide them into working through life's every day challenges. She wants parents to know that in today's technological world, young children need assistance understanding the world around them.
Her hobbies include playing both the hammered and mountain dulcimers and traveling. She is a Route 66 enthusiast and personally took all of the photographs included in Annie Mouse's Route 66 Adventure over a six year period.
The Adventures of Annie Mouse picture book series include:
Annie Mouse Meets her Guardian Angel (print editions and e-book)

Baby Brother Goes to the Hospital (print editions and e-book)


Annie Mouse Meets a New Friend (print edition and e-book) 

Where the Rainbow Touches Ground (print edition and e-book)  

Links:
Twitter @anniemousebooks  


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nicole Storey's BLIND SIGHT (THE CELADON CIRCLE) is on sale for 99¢


Today I am pleased to share Blind Sight (The Celadon Circle) by Nicole Storey which just happens to be on sale for 99¢

"Jordan has visions of monsters, demons, and death. Seventeen, orphaned, and born into the family business, she doesn’t have friends, she doesn’t have choices. Her uncle, older brothers, and a few annoying angels dominate her life, demanding she tow their lines – and the punishment is severe when those lines are crossed. 

When Jordan is ordered to help hunt down a monster, she’s not sure which she dreads more: the elusive, blood-thirsty creature or spending time in a cramped backwoods cabin with a brother who despises her. To make matters worse, a demon shows up and warns Jordan that she could be her family’s next assignment. 

In a game between Good and Evil where God seems to have tapped out early, lines are blurred and not everything is as it seems. Jordan learns a little too late that the real monster is closer than she thinks."
My Review

"Rules of the circle were fed to Jordan with her baby food."

Blind Sight brings you right into the dark, destructive setting where blood is splattered everywhere. The visual, not a pretty one is clear as the author takes you into this horrible nightmare.

There is humanity to this story as Jordan herself has true life emotions that makes you feel for her. I loved her sarcastic nature and witty comebacks. Even though there are demons, monster-like creatures, Slayers and even angels there were many comedic moments that made me laugh out loud.

The writing is edgy, fresh and easy to follow with so many clever lines such as, "Memories of her father swept over her like desert sand, leaving her soul parched, longing for something it couldn't have."

The story is easy get absorbed into and the mysterious adventure is fun and at times gruesome as the lines between good and evil are not quite clear. Nothing is certain except for the optimism that hangs in the air.
Bio
Nicole Storey lives in the hot and humid part of Georgia with her husband, two amazing children, and plethora of pets. When she isn't traveling to magical realms with potty-mouthed pixies or fighting demons, she enjoys reading and reviewing books, blogging, and gardening.
You can find Nicole here:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wowing this Wednesday with talented Sarah Wallace, author of the fabulous book Price of a Bounty




 Sarah Wallace's wonderfully suspenseful  book Price of a Bounty is a real page turner and is free on Amazon.com.


Keira Maddock lives in a dark future in which the Elite have everything, and everyone else suffers. She is a survivor. Out of necessity, she has become a skilled seductress, thief and bounty hunter – a Freelancer. When a typical job goes awry, it changes everything. Alliances are formed, long kept secrets are revealed and lives are forever changed. 


In book one of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace introduces a world divided in which not everyone is who he seems to be. In a seamless blend of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense, we are encouraged to consider the bonds that makes us human. 


We arrived early. I went in first and chose a small table off to the side of the room as far away from the dance floor and piano as possible. Guy sat at the bar, ordered a drink and turned his gaze toward the dancers. He looked like a businessman who had just concluded a long day at the office.

I saw Brody Delaney before he saw me, so I stood to get his attention. He walked over and joined me.

“Hello, Brody.” I smiled. “It's nice to see you again.”

“How do we do this?” He started to hand me his briefcase, but I stopped him.

“Put that down. After a job well done, it's traditional to sit and have a drink first. We'll talk, and then make the exchange. There's really nothing to it.”

He sat and placed the briefcase on the floor beside him.

“How do I know you're not really working for Cybonautics? I wouldn't put it past them, and this could get me into a lot of trouble.”

“You're being paranoid. Why would anyone at Cybonautics hire me to do something that will only advance your career?”

He signaled to the waitress and ordered two martinis, one for each of us. As she was leaving, Guy walked by, stumbled into her, apologized and continued on to the restroom.

I put my hand on top of Brody's and commanded his attention with my eyes. “Brody, I think you've got what it takes. You saw an opportunity and took it. I think you'll make an excellent CEO at CalTech.”

“I can only do that if you've done what I hired you to do.” He spoke as if this had been his idea. That was a good sign.

“I have, and I hope you'll remember that Kendra James gets the job done.”

“Kendra, now I have a name to go with your face.”

The waitress arrived with our drinks. As she turned to leave, Guy stumbled into her yet again, on his way back from the restroom. I covered my mouth and giggled. Brody looked at me rather than Guy. He smiled too.

I reached out my glass. “I'd like to propose a toast...to new friendships.”

Our glasses clinked, and we each took a sip.

“Do you like what you do, Brody?”

“I guess. It pays well. I didn't realize I'd have to be watching my back so much though. Everybody wants the top position, but everyone can't have it.”

“I know what you mean. Those access codes you wanted? They'll help both you and your company get to the top, won't they?”

“Yes, they should.”

The waitress returned then with an appetizer. “Oh, I didn't order...” Brody began.

“I did, before you arrived. Thank you.” I smiled at the waitress who set down two small plates and a platter with artichoke dip and cubes of bread.

There was also small tracking device on the plate she set in front of me. I picked it up. “I hope you'll remember who helped you get to the top and that we'll be able to trust each other from now on.” I dropped it into what was left of Brody's drink.

He looked down at his briefcase in alarm, then back at me. “Did I blow it?”

“Not yet. I can't fault you for being cautious, but I wouldn't try anything like that again. I am good at what I do. I hope you believe that now.”

He glanced around the room. I was glad to see that Guy had already left.

“I also hope we'll be able to work together again sometime soon.” I stood and held out my hand.

“What do you mean?”

I dropped my hands to the table and leaned toward him. Did I really have to spell it out? “There may come a time when I'll want to call in a favor from a friend at CalTech.”

Brody looked at me in alarm.

“Don’t worry. You could always say no. Until then, let's get together for drinks every now and again.” I removed the list of access codes from my purse and handed it to him.

“That's it?”

“That's it, and to show you that I really am a nice person, I gave you a discount. I wouldn't leave your briefcase unattended until you've emptied it. Enjoy the dip.” I picked up a small piece of bread, scooped up some artichoke dip, popped it into my mouth and swallowed. “Delicious!” I held out my hand again. “It's been a pleasure working with you, Brody Delaney.”

My Review

The action starts right away. Within seconds you are in the middle of a suspenseful story that carries through the entire book. I was glued to the pages and careful to pay close attention to the clues. I didn't want to miss a thing.

This story shares the point of view of more than the main character which I really enjoyed. It makes you feel like you are taking a trip inside everyone's brain. The writing was crisp and sharp and the story was clever and intriguing. It was easy to indulge myself into the unpredictable plot.


"I hurried through the hall, down the stairs and into the bright sunlight. Once on the street, I projected an air of confidence as I walked along, joining the flow of pedestrians and cyclists. Eventually, I paused and knocked on the window of the cab. It was a rusty old blue wagon. Hopefully, it would get me more than a few blocks before breaking down."

Bio
Let me tell you a little bit about S. L. Wallace. The surname is a pseudonym, but it's a pen name based on fact. She is indeed related to the famous William Wallace.

You see, her mother has a passion for genealogy, and people in her family like to tell stories. That makes for some interesting dinner conversations. Her paternal grandmother always told outrageous stories, like how she was considering going out for Halloween with nothing on, just a raisin in her navel -- yep, she was planning to go as an oatmeal cookie! Her mother, on the other hand, likes to tell family history as true, yet fascinating, stories. Because of her mother, she had heard the surname Wallace.

When the movie Braveheart came out, she went to see it. Once she heard the name William Wallace, she had trouble concentrating on the film because she kept thinking that name sounded so familiar. As soon as she got home, she called her parents, hoping to connect with her mother. Alas, she was not home, but her dad was, so she posed her question with the hopes that he may have the answer, or if he didn't, that he would be willing to pass along the question to her mother upon her return.

"Dad," she said. "I just got back from seeing Braveheart, and the main character's name was William Wallace. Is he any relation, do you think?"

"Yes, he is," her father said with certainty.

"Really?" she asked.

"Yes, but that doesn't mean you're related to Mel Gibson."

Clearly, her father inherited his mother's sense of humor, but he's also a history buff. He went on to explain the Scottish clan system, including surnames. S. L. Wallace is honored to be able to carry on the name. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The story of a girl... continues

I don’t want you guys to feel sorry for me or anything but I want you to know a little about what goes on with me in my daily life. When I got sick in 2007 out of the blue I was paralyzed within hours. I never thought I would walk again but here I am running around. While I was paralyzed I acted like Rocky Balboa fighting for my life. I heard that “Rocky” theme song in my head constantly while I worked vigorously doing extra physical therapy on my own. Yes, I was a fighter and I wasn’t about to let any doctor or anyone tell me I would not walk again. I heard the words but those words only made me work harder. 

The last several years have not been without struggle but life is good with my man and we do have great times together. Still, my illness looms in the air. I am not the sturdy girl I once was, even though mentally I am as strong as a bull. That attitude only gets me in trouble when I am trying to take on more than I should. One should never look for trouble and it seems I always have to learn the hard way.

When I was told I had a rare auto-immune disease, I really thought my life was over in that one breath. “Transverse Myelitis” is in the MS family and as author Karen Magill knows, this disease is no party. She has a nice way of looking at the positives but frankly none of us deserve to suffer and with these diseases we do suffer. It is suffering is what gives me inspiration to write on many occasions, such as today.

With everything that I deal with, numbness, tingling and pain, I also get this weird itching thing that the doctors can’t seem to explain. It has to do with the nerves in my hands and arms. If I ever cut myself I am almost sure to get a terrible itching spell. One I can’t even explain to myself. It starts from the tips of my fingers to my wrists and it intensifies with time. It feels like there are tiny gremlins running up and down my hands. It makes me feel like I am part of a horror film as I pace around screaming about like a vampire. Thankfully the spells tend to stop after thirty-five minutes (I clock them) but they end just as mysteriously as they begin.


Today I went to the dermatologist to have her look at my skin. I complained about a couple of freckles around my wrists and she was kind enough not to dismiss me but to pull out the liquid nitrogen. I was grateful to her until a few minutes afterwards when this itching began. All of a sudden, I couldn’t stop myself from pacing the room, holding my fingers and whimpering to myself. 

When I was having this done I didn’t even think about the itching. Most of the time I walk around feeling like a normal person and that is what catches me off guard the most. When something like this happens I am reminded that I am not normal, nor will I ever be. At the same time I am reminded how fragile I am. How fragile life is and what a gift it is to feel normal. Something I used to feel on a regular basis. Many moons ago. 

The days I can linger around feeling like a normal girl is one of the most beautiful blessings I could ever wish for. Something that I personally cannot or will not take for granted. Hardships change a person. Hopefully it makes you stronger instead of angry. I have tried anger and all it does is lead to more anger. Nothing good comes from such a negative attitude. Believe me, I know all too well.

So next time you are letting the everyday mundane things bring you down, just remember how good life is and how lucky you are to be YOU!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mary Ann Bernal's The Briton and the Dane Concordia is FREE!!!

Mary Ann Bernal who writes beautiful historical fiction stories is making her great book, Briton and the Dane: Concordia FREE right now! Make sure you pick up a copy TODAY!!!

Travel back in time to late Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain where Alfred the Great rules with a benevolent hand while the Danish King rules peacefully within the boundaries of the Danelaw. Trade flourishes, and scholars from throughout the civilized world flock to Britannia’s shores to study at the King’s Court School at Winchester. 

Enter Concordia, a beautiful noble woman whose family is favored by the king. Vain, willful, and admired, but ambitious and cunning, Concordia is not willing to accept her fate. She is betrothed to the valiant warrior, Brantson, but sees herself as far too young to lay in the bedchamber of an older suitor. She wants to see the wonders of the world, embracing everything in it; preferably, but dangerously, at the side of Thayer, the exotic Saracen who charms King Alfred’s court and ignites her yearning passions.

Concordia manipulates her besotted husband into taking her to Rome, but her ship is captured by bloodthirsty pirates, and the seafarers protecting her are ruthlessly slain to a man. As she awaits her fate in the Moorish captain’s bed, by sheer chance, she discovers that salvation is at hand in the gilded court of a Saracen nobleman.

While awaiting rescue, Concordia finds herself at the center of intrigue, plots, blackmail, betrayal and the vain desires of two egotistical brothers, each willing to die for her favor. Using only feminine cunning, Concordia must defend her honor while plotting her escape as she awaits deliverance, somewhere inside steamy, unconquered Muslim Hispania.

My Review

I adored Mary Ann Bernal's Concordia which was skillfully written and filled with ongoing suspense. There is plenty of real life emotion, action packed with lust, lies and deceit which is explored in such a memorable way. I was entertained from beginning to end.

This flawless tale was so clear and precise that the words flew off the page in a very visual way. I drawn in right away and as a reader I could see Concordia standing in front of me so naturally beginning with her entrance. She is a captivating character, manipulating but also likable. This tale instantly brings the reader back to another time and place.

To be honest, this is not my favorite genre but it was more entertaining and compelling than most stories that I read. I so badly yearned to know where it would all lead. Would everyone survive? But most of all who would hold Concordia's heart and keep it? Would the man/men that captured her heart stand in her way?

This is the first book that I have read in the series and this book certainly stands on it's own. Though I will have to go back to the beginning...The Briton and the Dane has caught my interest!

If you enjoyed Condordia, you are sure to love Mary Ann's new book, Timeline.

Dr. Gwyneth Franger is a renowned expert in early medieval England who is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham.  Her quest becomes an obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall and valiant warrior with which she forms an extraordinary and inexplicable bond.

Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the onslaught of the Norman Invasion.

On an archeological dig in Southern England, her team unearths an Anglo-Saxon fortress, a vast citadel built during the reign of Alfred the Great, which she believes was Lord Erik’s stronghold.  In the midst of her excitement, she is awakened one night from her slumbers by a disconcerting anomaly emerging from the site.

Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon warriors, a swift and mobile force able to deploy quickly throughout the kingdom to ward off invaders.

Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing as Lord Erik’s friends and counselors.


Will Gwyneth stop the assassins?  Is she strong enough to walk away and watch her beloved Erik die?  Or will she intervene, change the course of history and wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves with all her heart?

My Review
"You will go insane if you do not stop worrying about what will happen tomorrow. You must live this day given you; tomorrow will take care of itself."

This latest book in Mary Ann Bernal’s series is masterfully written, as I could visualize all the action going on around me and packed with ongoing suspense and captivating scenes that make it hard to put this book down. I was caught up in the emotional tale that was filled with romance, deception and intriguing encounters. This series is so delightfully entertaining that is makes you feel like you are a fly on the wall watching things that are not made for your eyes. Very clever the way the author tells such a unique tale that makes you want to know even more.

Timeline is from another time (past and present) which was not quite like anything I have ever read. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this fascinating book. 

Mary Ann Bernal, author of The Briton and the Dane novels, is an avid history buff whose area of interest focuses on Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the Viking Age.  While pursuing a degree in business administration, she managed to fit creative writing classes and workshops into her busy schedule to learn the craft, but it would take decades before her “Erik the Viking” novel was ultimately published.
Mary Ann is also a passionate supporter of the United States military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm.  She has appeared on The Morning Blend television show hosted by KMTV, the CBS television affiliate in Omaha, and was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for her volunteer work.  She has also been a featured author on Triangle Variety Radio, The Phil Naessens Show, and The Writers Showcase, and has been interviewed extensively by American and European bloggers.

Mary Ann is a New York “expat,” and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.

Links


Briton and the Dane: Concordia

Briton and the Dane: Timeline